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NACC selected to operate Navajo Nation BHP Mine

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – North American Coal Corporation (NACC) is a subsidiary of NACCO Industries, Inc. and traded on the New York Stock Exchange as NC. NACC has been selected by Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) to be the new operators of the Navajo Nation owned BHP Billiton mine.

NACC mines and markets lignite...

Bennett Freeze update

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Begaye, Nez sign MOU

NATAANII AREA-President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez have been actively addressing the lack of infrastructure issues that exist in the Former Bennett Freeze Area (FBFA).

On Nov. 21, both leaders traveled out to Lorrena Sheppard’s residence, in what is known as the Nataanii Area near Black Falls, to formally sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Navajo Nation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo Region to develop an Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP) addressing the FBFA.

An interdisciplinary team will be composed of both Navajo Nation and BIA personnel that will develop and address an Environmental Assessment/Impact...

Navajo DOJ presses EPA on Gold King Mine Spill

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – In a letter sent this week to US Environmental Protection Agency General Counsel Avi Garbow, Attorney General Ethel Branch questioned the agency’s efforts to address claims for damages caused by the Gold King Mine spill.

Earlier this month, Garbow sent a letter saying that a decision had not been made as to whether the Navajo Nation could assert claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

“Despite the USEPA’s repeated commitments to members of Congress, to the press, and to the Navajo Nation regarding fair, effective and expeditious compensation for harms caused by the Gold King Mine Spill, your letter appeared to take several steps back,” wrote Branch...

Sec. Padilla tried to help former client with tax audit

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On Oct. 15, 2014, Kevin Sourisseau sent a message to his boss with the subject line “Harold’s Trucking Audit.”

As second and first in command of the state Taxation and Revenue Department’s audits, Sourisseau and his then-director Lizzy Vedamanikam were in charge of making sure individuals and businesses paid their share of taxes in New Mexico.

Their boss, TRD Secretary Demesia Padilla, wanted to help Harold’s Grading & Trucking save money after the Bernalillo-based company faced an audit from their department. Before Gov. Susana Martinez named her head of the state agency in 2011, Padilla had done accounting work for the trucking company.

In his email to Vedamanikam...

Teec Nos Pos Chapter to receive $500k for Chapter House overhaul

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TEEC NOS POS-Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed legislation on Friday, Nov. 20, appropriating $500,000 dollars toward renovations to the Teec Nos Pos chapter house.

The signing ceremony was held at the current facility. President Begaye said he wanted to show the chapter that he was personally aware of their need.  Begaye said he had attended a chapter meeting at their former facility.

“We came here to sign the document and make those dollars available to you,” he said. “It’s important that your community have a proper facility to conduct business.”

Currently, the chapter runs all of its administrative services out of a modest hogan while conducting larger...

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